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Rest In Peace, Mr. Charlie – See You On The Other Side

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I love this photo of Charlie Clark.

Peaceful. Dignified. Respectful of all around him.

Mr. Charlie died last month at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Martinsburg, WV. One of the most well-known residents of our county, he was 108 years old. Think about what he experienced; 19 U.S. presidents, each of the wars, civil rights and economic struggles and American triumphs of the 20th Century … and a glimpse at the 21st Century, too.

As a writer, there is no greater honor to be asked to write a tribute to a cherished person who has passed over to the other side.

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Leesburg Community Kids Get Summer Breakfasts

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Loudoun Interfaith Relief (LIR) is committed to relieving food insecurity in Loudoun County. During the summer months, many children do not get the breakfasts and lunches they receive throughout the school year. LIR is partnering with the Town of Leesburg’s R.O.C.K. (Recreation Outreach to Community Kids) program to provide breakfast and snacks to school age children and their siblings. The program serves The Fields of Leesburg, Evans Ridge, Heritage Square and Fort Evans neighborhoods in Leesburg. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Joint Architectural Review Board Seeks Nominations for 2016 Awards Program

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As part of its ninth annual awards program, the Loudoun County Joint Architectural Review Board is again seeking nominations from the public for projects that exemplify the protection, preservation or enhancement of historic buildings, landscapes, properties or other resources in Loudoun County.

Nominations may include, but are not limited to: Restoration work (including interior projects), educational workshops and displays, interpreted cultural landscapes, and other significant undertakings to preserve the heritage of Loudoun County. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Strategic Planning Retreat Is Canceled

June 23, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Strategic Planning Retreat Is Canceled
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The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has decided to postpone its Strategic Planning Retreat; therefore, the retreat that was scheduled for Friday, June 24, 2016, has been canceled. The retreat is expected to be rescheduled in the coming months. Once a new date is set, it will be posted on the Loudoun County Government Master Calendar.

More information about the Board of Supervisors is online at www.loudoun.gov/bos.

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Exhibitors Needed

June 13, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Exhibitors Needed
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Have you ever wanted to participate in the Loudoun County Fair, but don’t raise sheep, cows, pigs or rabbits? Well, here is your opportunity! You can be an EXHIBITOR at the Fair in Sykes Hall and if you register by July 1, 2016 , you will receive a one week pass to the Fair! The Loudoun County Fair Committee is looking for Loudoun County residents of all ages to submit their original, amateur works of Art, Crafts, Photography, Baking, Collections, Fruits and Vegetables and much more! This is a great way to get involved in and become part of the Fair. Visit www.loudouncountyfair.com, and select “Sykes Hall Page” for complete details. Come on, join the fun and we’ll see you at the Fair!

County Seeks Proposals from Rental Property Owners for Project-Based Vouchers

June 4, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on County Seeks Proposals from Rental Property Owners for Project-Based Vouchers
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The Loudoun County Department of Family Services is now accepting proposals from the owners of rental property to contract with the county for Project-Based Vouchers (PBV). … Continue Reading

The Immortals Trip To Cleveland Teaching Underprivileged Kids Music

June 1, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on The Immortals Trip To Cleveland Teaching Underprivileged Kids Music
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By Frank Keim

The Immortals, a group comprised of top young music students from Loudoun County, traveled to Cleveland, OH to reach out to kids with little opportunity for music education. The Immortals played a free benefit for the seven Boys and Girls Clubs of East Cleveland on Thursday May 5. The Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs on the East Side, Roscoe Morgan, has been working with Frank Keim of Lovettsville for eight years. Together they bring bright young music minds from Loudoun to Cleveland to work with the Cleveland Youth Clubs. Roscoe Morgan said of the Immortals, “The Immortals are a blessing to my kids and we have been looking forward to their return for six months!” The Cleveland kids danced, laughed, and came on stage and played with the Immortals. They all came away looking forward to the next day. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Receives Statewide Award for Veterans Services Program

May 12, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Receives Statewide Award for Veterans Services Program
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Loudoun County has earned statewide recognition for its Veterans Services Program. The program, housed in the Department of Family Services (DFS), has received the Virginia Department of Social Services 2016 Local Recognition Award for Innovation, Implementation and Impact.

The award recognizes the work of social services professionals in the Commonwealth. The award program seeks to capture best practices and guiding principles from the nominees to share with other agencies throughout the state. Veterans Services Coordinator Michael Ball and Francis Coughlin, the DFS Division Manager who oversees the program, accepted the award at the Virginia League of Social Services Executives Conference in Hampton, Virginia, earlier this month. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Offers Elder Caregiver Training May 19 in Ashburn

May 10, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Offers Elder Caregiver Training May 19 in Ashburn
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Loudoun County is offering a training designed to empower caregivers of the elderly with information to help prevent abuse and neglect.

In recognition of Adult Abuse Awareness Month, the Division of Adult Protective Services and the Area Agency on Aging are presenting a program from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Thursday, May 19, at the office of the Area Agency on Aging, 20145 Ashbrook Place, Suite 170 in Ashburn. … Continue Reading

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Ashburn Station

April 30, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Ashburn Station
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A groundbreaking ceremony was held April 25 for the new Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Ashburn Station, to be located at the intersection of Russell Branch Parkway and Savin Hill Drive in the One Loudoun community.

The Ashburn Station is the final of four stations planned in Loudoun County. The station was placed within the community it serves to encourage walk-in traffic, to provide a public community room for local groups, and to develop partnerships with the residential and business community. … Continue Reading

Captain Marc Caminiti Graduates from 263rd Session of National FBI Academy

April 1, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Captain Marc Caminiti Graduates from 263rd Session of National FBI Academy
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Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman is proud to announce that Captain Marc Caminiti graduated from the 263rd session of the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia.

Captain Caminiti was one of 230 veteran law enforcement officers who graduated March 18, 2016, from the 10-week program. This session included men and women from 47 states and the District of Columbia, 27 international countries, including four military organizations, and five federal civilian organizations. … Continue Reading

Humane Society of Loudoun County Seeks Homes for Healthy, Sterilized Barn Cats

March 22, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Humane Society of Loudoun County Seeks Homes for Healthy, Sterilized Barn Cats
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The Humane Society of Loudoun County is currently soliciting the public’s help in finding homes for a local population of semi-wild feral cats. The ideal situations for these cats include a farm with barn, horse stable, warehouse or other suitable outdoor locations. All cats are healthy and have received veterinarian care including sterilization, rabies shot and exam. No adoption fee will be assessed. If you currently have unspayed barn cats you can also receive assistance in having them sterilized. These cats can help keep rodents away from grain and food storage and you will enjoy watching them as well as having the satisfaction of giving them a much-needed home. You are also helping to save lives. If you own or manage property and have permission for long-term placement of animals on the property, please contact the Humane Society of Loudoun County at helpanimals@humaneloudoun.org

Affordable Dwelling Units Available for Qualified Applicants

February 3, 2016 Loudoun County Comments Off on Affordable Dwelling Units Available for Qualified Applicants
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The Loudoun County Affordable Dwelling Unit Rental Program has rental units available for qualified applicants, including several one-bedroom units, in various communities. The ADU Rental Program, administered by the Loudoun County Department of Family Services, provides opportunities to individuals and families to rent efficiency, one-bedroom, two-bedroom or three-bedroom units at a substantially lower rental price than the market rental rate. Fourteen apartment complexes in Loudoun participate in the program. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

Superforecasting a Book Review

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The book “Superforecasting” by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner contains a nearly complete list of the attributes of superforecasting, as well as critical thinking. Tetlock’s research empirically confirms the aspects of critical thinking I’ve been discussing in this column. Their …

Pokémon GO: A Fun New Gaming App or an Accidental Treatment?

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Penicillin was accidently discovered in 1928 when scientist Alexander Fleming returned to his lab from vacation to notice that a strange fungus growing on a culture had killed off the neighboring bacteria. After WWII, psychiatrist and researcher, Dr. John Cade, …

Brotherly Love

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– By Samuel Moore-Sobel There he was. A small, innocent being entering the world for the very first time. Can I touch him? Nervously, I lean forward. He seems so perfect, so completely serene. He is loved instantly. The last …

To The Teen Who Feels Alone

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– By Mary Rose Lunde I’m going to do something real here and be honest for a second. In a society where telling someone your deep emotional feelings is considered weak, doing just that seems to be detrimental and could …

Unmotivated Teen

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– By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, At our insistence, our 17-year-old son is going to get a summer job. Well, that’s what he agreed to, but we are two weeks into the summer and guess what … he doesn’t …

Time To Add Discipline To Your Good Money Habits

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– By Amy and Dan Smith For many, their 30’s is a time to build a family and a stronger financial future That 30th birthday can be a somewhat traumatic event, but with people living longer, they say 50 is …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Farmers Urged To Be on the Lookout for Marijuana

23 Jul 2016

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Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this is a growing trend,” said Corporal Barbara Owens of the …

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Bluemont Harvest Ball To Be Held on September 17 in Warrenton

20 Jul 2016

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To commemorate the organization’s 40th Anniversary, Bluemont has announces the first ever Bluemont Harvest Ball, to be held on September 17 from 6:30 pm to 11:00 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Warrantor. This black tie event will feature live music from the Silver Tones Swing Band, dancing, a four-course, seated dinner, an open bar, and a silent auction. Tickets …

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What Do You Do To Stay Cool?

7 Jul 2016

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– By Amanda Clark “To chill out this summer I will spend a lot of my time playing music. During the summer, I have so much free time and I devote as much of it as I can to playing music.” – Michael Preston (Lovettsville) “To chill out this summer I will go to a friend’s house and borrow their …

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Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Lessons from Short Hill

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It’s been a little over two weeks since the Commission Permit for the proposed AT&T facility on Short Hill was overruled by the Board of Supervisors. This is just about …

Thank You

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Dear Citizens of Purcellville: As your town council member it is my vision and priority that you feel welcome at your Town Hall and take part in shaping Purcellville’s future …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Around Virginia

Blood Donors Asked To Help Address Summer Shortage

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Virginia Blood Services is urging Virginians to help replenish an extremely low summer blood supply and asking eligible donors to visit any one of its area Community Donor Centers or mobile blood drives. “Summer is always a challenging time for blood collections,” says Virginia Blood Services Executive Director, Todd Cahill. …

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McAuliffe Announces New Exports for Virginia Lumber Companies To the United Kingdom

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced new export sales of Virginia wood products to the United Kingdom (U.K.) during a trade and marketing mission to Israel and the U.K. The sales were struck between four Virginia lumber companies and James Latham PLC, one of the oldest and largest wood importers and distributors …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces 105 New Jobs in the Town of Berryville and Clarke County

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Handsome Brook Farm, LLC to Invest More Than $6 Million to Establish Egg Processing Operation in Virginia RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that New York-based Handsome Brook Farm, LLC will invest $6.4 million to establish a new pasture raised egg processing operation in the Town of Berryville and …

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Sports

Registration Open For Ida Lee’s Fall NFL Flag Football

7 Jul 2016

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Ida Lee’s Fall 2016 NFL Flag Football League will begin with player evaluations on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.  Players must be registered by Tuesday, July 26, to participate. This fall, Ida Lee’s Leesburg NFL Flag Football House League will have the following age groups:  6-7; 8-9; 10-11; …

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Everyone’s Getting Into Cannons Action!

6 Jul 2016

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Purcellville Cannons? Baseball July Schedule July 9, 7 p.m. at home Covington? July 12, 7 p.m. away Winchester? July 13, 7:30 p.m. Harrisonburg? July 14, 7 p.m. at home Strasburg? July 15, 7 p.m. at home Woodstock? July 16, 7 p.m. away Front Royal? July 17, 7 p.m. at home …

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